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February 16, 1998 | MIKE DOWNEY
Sydney has the 2000 Summer Olympics. The marketing manager for the Australians says he intends to promote Sydney as "living up to people's expectations as to the ruggedness and the adventure of Australia, but also saying that it is a very sophisticated place." In other words: "Rectify Hollywood's 'Crocodile Dundee' image of Australia," Moore was quoted in a Nagano newspaper. IN CURLING, MAYBE . . .
April 29, 2010 | Sharon Bernstein
The long-troubled Koo Koo Roo restaurant chain planned to close 10 of its last 13 locations Wednesday night, its parent company said. The stores are being closed as part of a bankruptcy reorganization announced last week by Magic Brands, the Austin, Texas, company that now owns Koo Koo Roo along with the Fuddruckers hamburger chain. Dwayne Chambers, senior vice president for marketing of Magic Brands, said the chain will continue to operate three of its stores, those in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and the Larchmont neighborhood of L.A..
The Assembly devoted the majority of its Monday floor session to eulogizing Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles), who is resigning from the Legislature March 19 to take a new job. Roos will receive a six-figure salary to head a panel of local business and civic leaders that will recommend ways to improve the trouble-plagued Los Angeles Unified School District.
July 8, 2007 | Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist and host of the Chicago radio program "Open Books" ( Seaman's writer interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
HAS the controversial author of "The Weather Makers," a hard-hitting international bestseller about global warming, turned away from stark findings to dash off a merry travelogue about his pursuit of those cute and funny Down-Under critters with the storybook name of kangaroo? Has mammalogist Tim Flannery decided to rest on his laurels? Not a chance. Flannery is a scientist of conscience and a man on a mission.
February 12, 1987 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
The federal prosecutor heading the W. Patrick Moriarty inquiry said Wednesday that the government's "top priority" in the continuing political corruption investigation is to obtain a speedy decision on whether to indict Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) on fraud charges. Chief Assistant U.S. Atty. Richard E.
State regulations that could curb slum housing by reining in the owners who profit from it was the subject of an Assembly Ways and Means subcommittee hearing in Los Angeles Wednesday. "We're looking for the loopholes to see where the law is failing us," said Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles), who called the hearing at the Museum of Science and Industry that was attended by tenants of slum housing, landlords and state and local housing enforcement officials.
January 9, 1988
I hate hockey. ROOS READ Van Nuys
February 11, 1989
"California is under siege by drug dealers and sociopaths," says Roos. This is the only truth that Roos stumbled into with his simplistic, knee-jerk, anti-gun twaddle. Operating under the guise of restricting access to AK-47 and Uzi "assault weapons," Roos, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Panorama City), state Sen. David Roberti (D-Los Angeles), etc. are, in fact, reaching for a ban on all semiautomatic firearms. Roos states that "machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, zip guns, brass knuckles, black jacks . . . are outlawed."
June 10, 1989
Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) said they will ask state budget conference committee members to earmark more than $100 million generated by new tobacco taxes for hospitals sharing a heavy portion of trauma and emergency care. "We once had a safety net. Now there is a huge hole in that net," said Roos, noting that Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital's recently announced plans to close its trauma facility would leave the Los Angeles area with only 13 of its original 23 trauma centers.
December 4, 1987
Considering the length of Leo C. Wolinsky's article ("Michael Roos' Challenge: Is There Life After Moriarty?" Metro, Nov. 22), noticeable by its absence was any discussion of the assemblyman's bill AB 1700. Brought in as an urgent bill to protect some 4,000 homes being eyed by the Los Angeles Unified School District for demolition to expand old schools and build new schools, this bill received not one "no" vote throughout its legislative passage; was heartily endorsed by both parties in both houses of the Legislature, and was signed into law by Gov. George Deukmejian a mere six months after Roos was approached for help.
February 4, 2007
I enjoyed Beverly Beyette's fine piece "The Red Rider" [Jan. 7] very much because it brought back my own ride through Australia on the old Ghan in 1961. Recently arrived in Melbourne as a Fulbright exchange lecturer in music education at Coburg Teachers College, I traveled with about 20 students and two other professors for a two-week tour. Our days were spent in the touring cars. Red dust blew in, and beer cans littered the tracks for hundreds of miles. When several students hurried to tell me that kangaroos were chasing the train, I thought they were teasing again, then actually saw a mob of kangaroos racing the train.
September 3, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, 39, the daughter of writers Joan Didion and the late John Gregory Dunne, died Aug. 26 at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital. She had been hospitalized since June with abdominal infections, according to her mother. Michael, a photographer and photo editor, was born in Santa Monica and adopted at birth by Didion and Dunne. She graduated from Barnard College. She and her musician husband, Gerry Michael of Manhattan, had no children.
June 26, 2005 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
When screenwriter Don Roos ("Boys on the Side," "Single White Female") cast "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow in a key role for his 1998 filmmaking debut, "The Opposite of Sex," an exciting new director-actress collaboration emerged. Roos' bitingly funny take on love, sex and responsibility took flight when Kudrow's Lucia -- a tart-tongued, opinionated, spinsterish teacher with unexpected reserves of pained optimism -- was on screen.
January 30, 2005 | Margo Pfeiff, Special to The Times
The outback seeped into our hotel room with the dawn. It announced itself first with the guffaws of kookaburras, then a screeching chorus of a hundred white corellas. They were teasing us, luring us out of modern downtown Perth and into the bush. Jim and I, friends since long before his hair turned gray and my laugh lines became wrinkles, were in Australia to mark the 25th anniversary of our first epic road trip.
October 9, 2003 | Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Times Staff Writer
Specialty restaurant chains Chi-Chi's and Koo Koo Roo filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, and their parent company said Fuddruckers Inc. had offered to buy Koo Koo Roo for $4 million. The Chapter 11 filing in Delaware came 15 months after the parent company, Irvine-based Prandium Inc., emerged from its own bankruptcy proceedings and less than two months after a deal to sell the company for $6.4 million fell through. A dozen East Coast affiliates also filed for Chapter 11 protection.
"Real Estate Riches" could have been superb if it had focus and direction. Wading through the first half, which compares realty investing with stock market investing, is a bore and a chore. Author Dolf de Roos, a realty investor from New Zealand and Australia who now lives in Phoenix, never clarifies what properties he owns or his motivation for acquiring real estate, other than to "profit."
October 15, 1997
Re "A Tough Private Choice for Public School Advocate," Oct. 8: LEARN President Mike Roos makes $200,000 a year and his wife is too busy starting a business to pick up their 5-year-old daughter as she waits up to one hour alone at school for a bus to take her to day care, where she will spend the next five hours? What is wrong with this picture? His solution is to switch the little girl to private school for a year and then back to public school so as to protect his public image. If Roos wants to improve schools, he needs to realize that one of the largest problems is not with the school system itself but with the breakdown of the family.
June 17, 2001
Homeowners confounded by property tax obligations and disclosure requirements can get information by visiting a new Web site devoted to such issues. National Tax Data Inc., at, offers information about Mello-Roos taxing districts and other levies above the usual 1%.
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